No 2 are alike and we all have at least 1!
I love to tell stories, most of you know that who have talked with me. What can I say, I like to talk about GMC’s and being in the position I am in, I run into some pretty wild stuff. Not having anywhere else to put these stores, I came up with this page for me to put some of them. I’ll do my best to dump stories here as I put them together. This will probably make this page rather long and the web site guys tell me this is a “no no” but hey, when did I ever listen to them! Bear with me on the length but I think you will enjoy the reading.
There are some stories that must be told, some that are simply so important and meaningful to our human condition that they just need to spread their word, this is one of them for me. Written before his death, this is a true account of someone who really knew the value of friendship, knew what it meant to show affection and was such a strong spirit that he and his value will live on long past his years. This is the Story of Jim Greer and how I came to have “JG” (a 1973 GMC) in my life hopefully forever. Jim asked that I not spread around his name and the fact that he had pancreatic cancer but shortly before his death he read this story I wrote about the day I drove up to him outside of Spartenburg, SC to gather his coach because you see he knew of his fate and wanted to think those that had made an impact upon his life. I may write a “page 2” of this story and give more background and information surrounding the story but for now, please read this part of the event and appreciate Jim’s spirit and his dedication. Go to I’ve Been Waiting for You and take a read. Follow the next step with JG’s First Night
Go to Driving Mrs Bea This is a true story of the recovery driving a 1973, 26′ GMC from Pa. to Fla.. A 1002 mile ride proving these machines will drive broken! Understand please that this is what can easily happen when you pick up a coach that has been sitting. I personally made this trip so this is a first person account. This is not the exception but the norm. Enjoy, it was not so fun doing the drive but hey, we made it. This is also proof there is a God and he has a sense of humor…
I’m in Love again is a true story of the unreal feeling I get owning and driving my GMC. You may find you feel the same way about your coach. See what ya think In Love again
Duquion or Bust Where the heck is DuQuion? Well, this is a story of a white knuckle ride there and back– we stayed 24 hours and bugged out– were we crazy? So, what’s your point? Take a read and see if you can answer that queston! DuQuion or Bust
Let’s Cross the Intersection Please This story is about even though the plumber says” his pipes always leak” is it right for the plumber to have to wear rubber boots to walk through his house? Of course not and that plumber needs to set a better example for his customers to see he appreciates how to do things. I’m not ashamed that sometimes I fall into that trap and here is a good lesson of what you should NOT do when trying to keep your coach on the road and reliable. Enjoy and after reading this try to apply the concept to all aspects of your coach– and your life for that matter! Cross that intersection
The Palm Beach Delivery I love to drive a GMC, don’t have the chance as much probably as you have the chance to– I mean here I am at the shop– we get a coach road worthy and the owner picks it up and away it goes. Here we are still at the shop working on another while that other machine is out there having fun– hay wait, it that fair? I need to reap the benefit of the hard work at least once in a while! Here is a short story of a trip delivering a coach, a good looking pea green palm beach. Take a read on what I call a day well spent Palm Beach Delivery
The Rolex 24 of 2008 Here’s an account of the road trip to the Rolex 24 at the Daytona Speedway. Hooked up with some other GMC owners and made a weekend experience you can’t find many places– of course you may not WANT to find an experience like this in many places but anyway this is what happened and we made the best of it. Enjoy– we did! Rolex 24 2008
The Tear Down is an investigation, a learning experience if you will that every race team does to their cars to find out how to make their cars better. What did 500 miles of racing do to the motor, how did the brakes hold up and can we make it better. The “weekend warrior” races cannot afford this level of investigation and opt to “run here til she stops” then pick up the pieces and see what happened, hey you can get better that way but wouldn’t it have been better if we could have known that brand of main bearings was failing prematurely or that piston could not handle the heat? OK, well that’s that we’re going to do. go to The Tear Down
There are many that report of wonderful trips in their GMC where not broke and everyone enjoyed their trip. These coaches are much more than classic vintage vehicles, the engineering and design that went into them makes them a dream to drive when they are right. Ah, but there in lies the rub, being 25+ years old it is likely there are at least a handful of issues on any coach that could prove to be catastrophic when those parts reach the end of their usable life.
It can be scary to think of taking out onto the open road with a unit with these hidden morsels of doom. So how can we, in good conscience, rely upon such a vehicle. How can you expect to operate a GMC from point A to point B and have hope to get there? This, my friend, is the question and after a first hand experience of just such situations, I now feel totally qualified to help with this question. There is an answer and its one we all can live with, live with and feel confident that our coach will get us there.
I have had a first hand experience on the road with a coach that had issues. To be quite honest, even though we work on GMC’s every day and there is not a moment that passes that I am not thinking about them– I do not have the road miles under my belt that many of you have. I have been traveling the roads and experiencing things vicariously through your traveling, helping you from the outside. I can now speak from first hand experiences on some issues and have discovered lessons I feel important to pass on.
Driving a coach with a fresh injected 455, new transmission, 4 air bag system, many new suspension parts and mechanical enhancements, we had issues. Issues in that everything did not go perfect but because of backups and understanding the situations— the ending was good. Lessons for all, I would have to say and lessons for me too that gives me renewed enthusiasm to help you by exposing these threats and giving you the knowledge to deal with them and succeed. For what I feel is must reading for any GMC owner, go to So now what do I do for the story.
I enjoy telling stories, I don’t limit myself to GMC stuff either. If you need a little entertainment, click here Stories (non GMC) for some of that.
Wonder why so many people are interested in having a GMC? Go to Stories from the Road for some input from real, card carrying GMC owners. I asked them to show some of the fun they have with their coaches— enjoy